Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

FTC gives final approval to Facebook privacy settlement

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has approved a settlement with Facebook related to charges that the social networking leader deceived consumers regarding the privacy of their data.

How to configure Google's two-step authentication

Enabling Google's two-step authentication comes with a few complexities. But it also might save your data from nefarious folks out to steal or delete it for fun.

Security in the iCloud age

Wired's Mat Honan got hacked hard over the weekend, and the attacker wiped out his iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Protecting yourself from malicious ne'er-do-wells requires secure passwords, clever security answers, solid backups, and careful considerations.

Destroy Internet tracking files with PrivacyScan

PrivacyScan offers a one-stop way to mitigate common privacy concerns by identifying and destroying Internet files placed on your computer that track your usage and reveal your online activities to others.

Facebook's facial recognition policies draws Senate's attention

Social network giant defends use of facial recognition technology and addresses concerns about user privacy as lawmakers seek answers on Facebook's tag suggestions.

Hacker exploits iOS flaw for free in-app purchases

A Russian hacker has posted a hack that allows users to get in-app purchases without paying for them.

Privacy groups hail Google, FTC settlement over Apple Safari tracking

Privacy advocates welcomed news of a possible Google proposal to settle Federal Trade Commission charges related to its surreptitious tracking of Safari users.

Report: Google, FTC near deal on Safari privacy violation

Google is close to a deal with the Federal Trade Commission to pay a record fine of $22.5 million related to violating the privacy of millions of Apple Safari users.

Cisco apologizes for privacy 'confusion,' makes cloud service an opt-in feature

Cisco Systems has taken a step back from its Cisco Connect Cloud service, removing it as the default setting for management of its Linksys EA Series Wi-Fi routers after a firestorm of complaints from customers about automatic firmware updates and the service's terms of service.

Twitter loses fight to withhold activist's account information

Twitter has lost a fight in which it challenged a court order to turn over public but now deleted Twitter messages written by an Occupy Wall Street protestor.

Remains of the Day: Secret agency

Apple's Phil Schiller says the company isn't ready to take the mobile payment plunge, even as Apple gets nailed for making available consumers' personal information. And how does Apple keeps things secret? By not telling anyone.

Users give Facebook's privacy changes a thumbs down

Voting on Facebook's proposed changes to its privacy policy concluded Friday morning Pacific time, with voters delivering a strong rebuke of the proposed changes but falling far short of the turnout the company required to consider the vote binding.

User vote on Facebook privacy policies hasn't stemmed criticism

Facebook is conducting a massive user referendum this week, asking its 900 million-plus users to approve or reject changes to its privacy policy that it first proposed in May.

LinkedIn privacy issues: Possible password breach; iOS app data leak

Two privacy problems cropped up for LinkedIn over the past 12 hours: Its iOS app submits potentially private calendar data to the company's servers, and a hacker may have stolen 6.5 million passwords.

Emergency workers scan QR codes to access health information

QR codes are being used for more than just advertisements in Marin County, California. There, paramedics hope the stickers could help save lives in an emergency.